Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2018 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:

Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925

Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.

Booking form for trips on 20 Feb, 7 August and 4 September

Please note that the price for the bookable trips is now £17, not £15 as advertised. This is due to increased operator charges.

Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips

A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.

Contact details: Muff = 01423 340 694; Kerry = 01423 540267

Evening nightjar walk, Stainburn Forest

Meet in Stainburn car park, Little Almscliffe at 9 pm in cars. Looking for Nightjars and roding Woodcocks. The walk is approximately 1 mile each way on a good forestry track. Please bring a torch for the return walk. Midge repellent is essential. Leader: Mike Smithson
When: Thu June 14 21:00 - 23:00

Ashberry Pasture and Ellerburn Bank NR

Leader: YWT Reserve Manager, Kate Yates
Visit to this limestone grassland near Pickering for flowers, insects etc.
Meet: 10:00 at National Park Visitor Centre, Sutton Bank, to reduce car numbers.
Contact: Kerry Morrison
When: Wed June 27 10:00 - 16:00

Grass identification workshop, Staveley

Leader: Kevin Walker
Aim: a very informal teaching session where Kevin plans to cover common grasses, sedges and rushes and maybe some other tricky groups if we have time such as willows and aquatics. We'll start in the meadow by the carpark and work our way around the reserve taking in a variety of grassy and marshy habitats, as well as woodland and lake shore. Ideally bring wellies and a hand lens if you have one. I'll bring a selection of useful ID guides so no need to bring your own unless you want to. For those with money to spend the main guide I will be referring to is Francis Rose's Guide to Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns published by Viking Press.
Meet: 10:00 in Staveley NR car park
Contact: Muff Upsall
When: Fri July 6 10:00 - 16:00

Farnham Gravel Pits plant survey

To celebrate National Meadows Day, we will be conducting a plant survey at Farnham Gravel Pits.

Further details to follow shortly
When: Sat July 7 10:00 - 16:00

Grass identification workshop

Leader: Kevin Walker
An informal teaching session where Kevin plans to cover common grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns. Skrikes Wood is possibly the best site in the HDNS area for ferns and currently the only site for Wilson's Filmy-fern and Oak fern. We will also see the full range of woodland ferns including lady, male, beech, buckler, golden-scale, hard-shield, soft-shield and brittle-bladder. I will try show you how to easily tell apart the most common three or four species. If we have time we may be able to pay our respects to chickweed-wintergreen. Kevin will bring some ID guides. The best for ferns is undoubtedly James Merryweather's AIDGAP key which is published by the Field Studies Council.
Meet: 10:00 in main carpark by the show ground in Pateley Bridge.
Contact: Muff Upsall
When: Sat July 14 10:00 - 16:00

Nosterfield NR Bioblitz

Details to follow shortly
When: Thu July 19 10:00 - 16:00

Ribblehead Quarry and area

Leader: Colin Newlands, English Nature
Flowers of limestone
Meet: Fewston to carshare or 10:30 @ quarry carpark, SD766788
Contact: Kerry Morrison
When: Wed August 1 10:00 - 16:00

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Minibus trip (booking required – see blue form). Meet at York Place car park, Knaresborough at 8.30 am. A diverse habitat with two reservoirs, wader pools and woodland; there are several hides and access paths are good. Butterflies and dragonflies are abundant.
When: Tue August 7 08:30 - 18:00

Hartlepool, Teesmouth and RSPB Saltholme

Minibus trip (booking required – see blue form). Meet at York Place car park, Knaresborough at 8.00 am. Looking for sea passage, skuas and terns; also waders at Saltholme. RSPB members should have their membership cards with them.
When: Tue September 4 08:00 - 18:00

Goydon Pot and Upper Nidderdale

Leader: Nick Gaunt
In search of autumn plants (including mosses and liverworts) and other wildlife.
Meet: 9:45 @ Pateley Bridge showground car park, SE157654,
to car share
Contact: Nick Gaunt
When: Wed September 26 10:00 - 16:00

Nidd Gorge Fungus Foray

Leader: Andy Woodall

Meet: 10:00 in Woodland Trust car park
Contact: Muff Upsall
When: Sat September 29 10:00 - 16:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

Progress with the Wildwatch project

Alice Crosby
When: Wed October 10 19:30 - 21:00

The Mists of India

Roger Parrish
Birds, animals and insects of India
When: Wed October 24 19:30 - 21:00


Mal Greaves
When: Wed November 7 19:30 - 21:00

Garden Birds

Mike Gray
When: Wed November 21 19:30 - 21:00

Nidd Gorge

Keith Wilkinson
A walk through the study area
When: Wed December 5 19:30 - 21:00

Rain forests on four continents

Nick Gaunt
Impressions of flora and fauna of a variety of rain forests taken on personal trips around the world, with reflections on their diversity, status and future.
When: Wed January 9 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Earthworms and their balls of calcite

Mark Hodson, Univ of York
When: Wed January 23 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Wildlife of Sri Lanka

Colin Slator
When: Wed February 6 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Planning for HS2

Sara Robin, YWT Planning Officer
When: Wed February 20 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Wild Photography - Tales and Tails

Carl Watts
When: Wed March 6 2019 19:30 - 21:00

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